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Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

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Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

Considering letting my 13 yr old daughter ( who LOVES animals) and 11 yr old son swim with the dolphins at Gulf World this summer. Has anyone done this~ opinions?

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1. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

Did it with the grandchildren a couple of years ago. They loved it and still talk about it. The only part they didn't like was having to go in a classroom and listen to a little talk about dolphins before they went out. The parents are kind of backed up on some bleachers so it is hard to get good pictures. They do have a professional photographer so of course we had to purchases some pictures. They loved holding on to the dolphins and swimming around the pool. All in all, I would say it was a worthwhile experience.

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2. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

It is a great experience. If they love animals they may even enjoy the Trainer for a Day program.

USA
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3. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

Swimming with dolphins is great experience.I never have as i feared about them but my have cousin have and he told that there is no need to fear .They are friendly in nature.Your children will enjoy this.

Alabama
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4. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

Thanks guys- I think we are going to plan on doing it and giving it to them as their birthday presents!

Any more experiences/advice about it will be greatly appreciated! Can you video it or get decent pics yourself or do they sit observers too far away?

Alabama
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5. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

For those that have done it- how many people are in each 'group' that is in the water at the same time?

Jackson, Mississippi
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6. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

My hubby surpised me with a dolphin encounter. I was almost the oldest in the water ;) My group had around 5 other people. 4 kids and one adult participating with their child. You get the touch the dolphins and each participant gets to hold the fin and the dolphin will pull you a short distance in the water. It was definitely a memorable experience! The kids will love it! Pricey but once in a lifetime kind of experience.

I did it several years ago but at that time you could get pics with a good zoom lens.

Edited: 4:34 pm, February 08, 2013
Alabama
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7. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

thanks for the info Annabelle27- I'm excited- I think my kids will love this- esp my 13 yr old dolphin loving daughter!!! I'm not telling them until their birthdays though- now to keep it a secret until May! lol

Any other experiences/info would be greatly appreciated!

Alabama
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8. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

We are planning to definitely do this- how soon in advance should we book? We are arriving June 27- the week before July 4th week- I'd rather wait until pretty close to time to have some idea of weather- but should you book pretty far in advance?

Jackson, Mississippi
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9. Re: Swim With the Dolphins at Gulf World- Experiences?

Im not sure but since you are there on such a busy time i'd definitely call them and ask what the usual reservation time is.

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